The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

United Church of Canada - Capacity Building for Indigenous Rights

The United Church of Canada hosted several seminars on human rights, ecological issues, Indigenous peoples’ collective rights, leadership skills training, and community organization. Paralegal workers trained in documenting human rights violations and how to submit documentation.

Through this program, educational materials on human rights were produced and distributed. Communication and education was established through social networks such as through Facebook, while newsletters and other media also helped to share information. The program helped establish citizen oversight and ability to provide input into government decision-making and budgeting and spending using social media. Implementing a virtual library made public policy more accessible.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

It is well documented that income inequality is on the rise, with the richest 10 percent earning up to 40 percent of total global income. The poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 percent and 7 percent of total global income. In developing countries, inequality has increased by 11 percent if we take into account the growth of population.

These widening disparities require the adoption of sound policies to empower the bottom percentile of income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.

Income inequality is a global problem that requires global solutions. This involves improving the regulation and monitoring of financial markets and institutions, encouraging development assistance and foreign direct investment to regions where the need is greatest. Facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide.